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" and paul krugman, author wrote train to talk about problems facing the u.s. economy for about an hour 45 next on booktv. [applause] >> well, thank thank you very m. thanks to the passionate attitude and technology in shakespeare books for hosting the event this evening. i also am very excited. i think we are all very excited to see probably two people who i would say are unquestionably the most cited economists in the world today. [applause] in addition to being most cited, and as you all know, those are noble laureates, i would have to say from the vantage point of the institute of economic thinking that if i were to nominate two people as being the most courageous economists in the world and the most impactful, the subpoena to find a list. so we're very excited to be part of this conversation. [applause] as you know, each of them has written a book that pertains to our current challenges and circumstance. joe stiglitz spoke, "the price of inequality" and paul krugman's book, "end this depression now!" are part of your goodie bag tonight. therefore on behalf of them i will thank you for
newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: washington's struggle to avoid going off the "fiscal cliff" resumed in earnest today. the president moved to draw on his reelection victory for new clout with congress. the goal: a sweeping deficit agreement to avert $650 billion in spending cuts and tax increases at the start of 2013. from the white house came word that president obama will try to build public pressure on congress to raise taxes on the wealthy and prevent tax hikes for everyone else. white house spokesman jay carney. >> well, the president believes very strongly that the american people matter in this debate. because this debate is about t
to you saying, look, congress might not blow up the economy for no good reason. or if i do have to say it, i shouldn't sound excited about it. that should be a given. but in recent years, it has not been a given. and the reason it hasn't been is in some ways traceable to this guy. you know that guy. that is grover norquist. if you go by his name or his picture, he may not seem imposing. but in the republican party, he's a guy that breaks your knees if you vote for higher taxes. all republicans pretty much sign it and they are very, very, very loathed to break it. and that's made it impossible to reach a deficit reduction deal, until now. "the new york times" has an article in which republican after republican after republican goes on the record by name dismissing his pledge and his power. peter king says a pledge is good at the time you sign it. in 1941 i would have voted to declare war on japan. but each congress is a new congress and you can't have a rule that you're never going to raise or lower taxes. i don't want to rule anything out. senator of georgia said, i'm frankly not concerne
by 20% stuff like that. the old problem was not enough spending in the economy. one player that should have been spending more was the government thinks to adolf felt hitler they did but they should have been doing to increase spending. there is overwhelming confirmation and this is a time to have the government spend more would pit -- but people to work and put capital to work it is hard politically because it is hard to persuade people which is why some of us write books. [laughter] >> host: someone argue with you to say you do the spending big issue of boost then you fall back. but we did not to. what happened? >> that is interesting story. a lot of people just like montgomery ward was a major store chain. but the major -- but he believed they would come back so he hoarded cash waiting for the depression to come back by the time it was clear they lost their position in the marketplace. is not steadied as much as it should have been but that story of what is going on is about excessive practice with the debt bubble and it burst leaving people stranded with too much debt. what happene
obama term in office? the economy, the fiscal cliff talks, the president's priorities in the next four years. our roundtable is here. david brooks of "the new york times." msnbc's reverend al sharpton. former ceo of hewlett-packard carly fiorina >> historian and film maker ken burns. and nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. and we'll hear from new york congressman, gregory meeks, as we check in on some of the hardest-hit victims of hurricane sandy and see how they offered thanks this weekend while surrounded by destruction. >>> from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press." with david gregory. >>> president obama doing his part for the economy over the weekend out holiday shopping as part of small business saturday, picking up several children's book at an independent bookstore in arlington. >>> meanwhile, uncertainty in the middle east. more clashes in egypt over the weekend as police use tear gas this morning to disburse protesters in cairo. i want to start there. we have "new york times" columnist david broo
, we had huge surpluses because of the strong economy over the 1990's and deficit-reduction plans put in place over the 1990's. the government had the choice to spend that on programs, or returned it to tax payers, and the bush administration decided to return the money to taxpayers. over the following year's tax rates were lower. it was renewed in 2010 in a tax deal between president obama and congressional republicans at a time when the economy was weak and the feeling was they could not take an increase in taxes. host: what was the desired effect and did it happen? he called the desired effect was to give people more of their income back, and that happened, as wealthy people got more income back, more moderate income earners got some back. one of the questions is how it effects economic growth, and it is an unresolved area of economic research. did it did help the economy -- did it help the economy? it is hard to say. we had a good economy in the 2000's before the crisis. now we have a huge crisis. on balance, it probably did not help that much. host: can you calculate if jobs were
the most advanced technology to protect our water. billions in the economy. at chevron, if we can't do it right, we won't do it at all. we've got to think long term. we've got to think long term. ♪ >>> we are joined now by our roundtable, andrea mitchell and david brooks. former ceo of hp carly fiorina. al sharpton is here. and we're pleased to have ken burns. his new film "central park five" debuted in new york on friday. and we'll be talking about that. ken, great to see you. hope you all had a great thanksgiving. now we're looking ahead, because things are going to get serious in washington. amid all the holiday parties for the president, he has to try to get a fiscal deal. reverend al, based on what you've heard here today, don't we have to deal with the tax fight first before the president moves on to anything else? and do you sense that republicans are prepared to do that? >> i think we're going to have to deal with the question of where the tax rates go. no question about it. friday before last, the president met with 12 progressive leaders. i was there. the same day he had ju
and certainly the largest threat to the u.s. economy. >> meredith whitney was talking back in 2010 about a then- looming financial crisis involving state and local governments across the country. it was a debt crisis which some people believe could derail the recovery and require another big bailout package that no one in washington wants to talk about. >> the day of reckoning has arrived. that's it. and it's gonna arrive everywhere. time may vary a little bit depending upon which state you're in, but it's coming. [ticking] >> welcome to 60 minutes on cnbc. i'm steve kroft. in this edition, we look at three stories linked by the financial collapse of 2008. first, we examine a scam that's cost thousands of americans their homes. then we look into wall street's shadow market of credit default swaps. finally, a report on the perilous state of state finances. we begin with the foreclosure crisis. in the aftermath of the great recession, the huge number of foreclosed properties was a significant factor in weighing down the economy. many were stuck on the market for an unexpected reason: the banks co
that are behind these numbers are relate primarily to the economy and as we all know the economy is still sluggish but there is improvement. >> aaa estimates that 40% of travelers left the day before thanksgiving and 36% returning today and 25% tomorrow. it could be a long journey home. this is what it looked like on the 405 on los angeles on the big get away day with traffic backed up for miles. and on thanksgiving morning as drivers headed out on i-10 east in beamont, texas. a husband and wife were killed and 100 injured and the trail of wreckage stretched for two miles. forecasters say more fog and snow in parts of the midwest and northeast could make it trougher getti tougher getting home after a long holiday weekend. >> reporter: again, as this afternoon goes on, we're going to see the traffic build on this road. about a 10% drop, alex, than they spent last year. >> michelle franzen there. here's a big question. will the weather cooperate for travelers out there? here with the travel forecast to answer that for us is dylan. >> most areas will cooperate. you're just dealing with the traffic as
that would avoid that potentially devastating fiscal cliff that is looming over the u.s. economy right now. the president is meeting with small business owners at the white house today. he had a series of meetings with different business leaders over the last week. despite the warnings that the talks are stalling on capitol hill stuart varney joins me now, host of "varney & company" on fox business network. >> good morning, martha. bill:. martha: what are you hearing how this is going? >> it is impasse basically. the republicans said yesterday they accommodated the democrats they will agree to get more money from wealthy people from higher taxes but mitch mcconnell, senate republican leader, he says there has been no similar compromise from the democrats or the president. he says they are still holding out for higher tax rates on the rich and he says the radical left is prescenting the democrats and president and agreeing to serious reform from medicare. martha, i have to tell you. i got new numbers from medicare, from trustees, actually. medicare has to pay out in the future $42 trillion.
of the economy, but americans didn't hold back on what turned out to be a record-breaking holiday weekend for retailers. and it's not over yet. cyber monday is officially in full swing and experts predict today will be the biggest online shopping day of the year to the tune of $1.5 billion. nbc's kristen dahlgren has more. >> reporter: from the moment doors opened thursday, before the thanksgiving dishes were even done, almost a quarter billion shoppers will have been online or in stores. >> i just prepare, put my speakers on and go for it. >> reporter: shopping started earlier than ever, and in spite of the employee protests, the early opening paid off. according to the national retail federation, more than 35 million shopped on thanksgiving, six million more than last year. black friday was big, too. 89 million braved the crowds in search of those hard-to-beat bargains, up from 86 million last year. >> the biggest wish list is -- >> uggs. >> reporter: and americans spent more, too. the average shopper spent $423 this weekend, up from $398 last year, for a total of $59.1 billion. it's no
cure the economy. the senior editor of "the atlantic" joins us live in the next half hour. he has an interesting perspective. >>> ambassador susan rice heads to capitol hill this morning to mend fences with three republican senators. john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly a at with her information comments made on several networks that played down the role of terrorists in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. rice maintains she made it clear the intelligence information she had at the time was preliminary. senators have threatened to block her nomination if president obama chooses her to be his next secretary of state. >>> and the obama administration responds to the benghazi attack does not get high marks from americans. the results of a new poll out this morning shows a majority of those questioned, 54%, say they are dissatisfied with the administration's handling of the attack. >>> and the body of yasser arafat was exhumed this morning from a mausoleum in the west bank. a team of international scienti
economy by shopping at locally owned stores. the movement is in its third year. and it is growing. according to a new survey 67% of shopper who's know about small business saturday plan to take part in it. that's up 44% from last year. dave, i know this has made you very sad. hollywood is mourning the loss of larry hagman. >> j.r. >> wait a minute. it's your style j.r., my wife and the man who put cliff barnes in office. >> you have got plenty of trouble before y'all got married. i don't understand why you think she has changed. >> hey. stop. knock it off. >> classic. >> legend. >> hagman best known for his role of course as the villain j.r. ewing on his star with dallas. lost his battle with cancer dallas hospital. linda gray had this to say on the star's passing. larry hagman was my best friend for 35 years. he brought joy to everyone he knew. i will miss him enor muresly. >> she was at his side. >> he he was apparently surrounded by family and friends. >> hagman was the son of mary martin. he was also known for his role as major tony nelson in i dream of jeanne, of course, he w
the modern economy, you'll hear something like the following phrase. well, the last 30 years of the american political economy has been very good for consumers, but bad for workers. well, it's not like there's two parts of me. it's just the same person who is doing both of those things. the question is in total, are you better off. and jennifer is someone who runs a small business and is in the world of retail. i want to hear what your thoughts on all of this right after we take this quick break. >>> that's the video of the walmart in georgia on black friday that we were debating whether we wanted to show. so we thought -- >> we say voyeurism -- >> well, no, we said we're only going to show it if we unpack a little bit rather than just kind of throw it out and look at those crazy people. jessica, not jennifer. we're 14 minutes into the show, i got one person who wasn't arrested saying was arrested. what was your take away from the walmart action? >> i honestly think it's inspiring. we were talking about this a moment ago. i think like the occupy movement, even if it's a sort of a symbolic mo
of our abilities to inject new skills into the economy to build jobs that need to be built in america to sustain our growth. it is critical step that we can take now. we have got to realign the corporate tax code. everyone agrees. we just did a survey that includes members of the general public. 70% of the general public believes we need to simplify. we cannot have the tax code that has higher rates and more complexity than anywhere else in the world. we have got to address the system that really hurts- innovation and high technology economy. we did not worry about those when we were doing well, but they are getting in the way of progress we have got to go through the process in a simpler and more logical and efficient way. this is the number one thing thousands of business people said was the biggest barrier to investing in the u.s. we have got to upgrade our infrastructure, but we have got to focus on those that are economically important. we have got to understand the things that are driving up the cost of doing business. we know what those are, but we need a plan for going forward
as the eu and imf agree on terms of debt sustainability. where does it leave the greek economy which has already shrunk by nearly a fifth? >>> and warren buffett on tv this morning saying he wouldn't sell a single share of stock even if he was guaranteed the u.s. goes off the fiscal cliff. just wait until you hear who he thinks should be the treasury secretary. >> we'll begin of course with the deal of the day. conagra foods has agreed to acquire ralcorp for $5 billion. $90 a share in cash. 28% premium to the closing price on monday. kayla tausche reported on potential for a deal between the two companies back in 2011. it creates the largest private label food company in north america. this is a big deal. >> yes, it is. it's big in size in terms of what we've seen in this market. look how excited he is. and they finally got it done. it's been one as you pointed out that was around in 2011. they couldn't get it done. that is conagra. they walked away. ralcorp stock price fell dramatically. they split the post cereal division from ralcorp. the two trade separately. so you did have a compan
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. there is no reason for any of that. >> on the other hand, there is a big boost to the economy because of black friday. >> there you go. >> except for the stuff that was -- >> stephanie: although the black president will get no credit. [ ♪ circus ♪ ] >> see what you did there. >> stephanie: you know how one holiday is over and the next one -- julie in seattle reminds us, war on christmas season is officially open. it is fox news warren christmas season. >> they're losing their [ bleep ] the whole benghazi thing isn't working out for them. >> the susan rice thing is petering out. >> stephanie: yes. oh dear. steph, deck the halls with simmering resentment and bitterness over the imaginary days gone by when everyone was white christian and happy happy, happy until the christmas lights came down. friday morning, fox on on some idiot story about the nativity scene. we have a guest to quote. [ ♪ "jeopardy" theme ♪ ] who said it is christmas all over again. the grinch is trying to steal our holiday. it has been so b
and they are offering this, you argue, what? >>guest: well, there are two ways you can damage the economy. one is to increase marginal tax rates, everyone knows the small business groups, it would kill 700,000 jobs off the bat, probably worse. the other thing is to eliminate $1 trillion, not talking about a few deductions, but talking about $1 trillion worth of deductions and credits which is what the other team wants. if you do this you have killed tax reform for a generation. how do you get the rates down if you don't have the deductions and credits. what obama is hoping to do is raids spend the money, kill tax reform for individuals. >>neil: what do you do, the house majority leader and others, talking increasingly about this as an option despite what you are saying, are you going to want to exact punishment on them in two years? >>guest: it is, there have been some folks whose pictures you put up there some of them have engaged in impure thoughts and they have not actually voted for a tax increase, be clear. cantor and speaker boehner have said they want revenues from economic growth. i wa
of the economy and threatens our children's future. as a mother of young children this is a condition stant worry as is the cost of the gas and. and yet today we will pray for those less fortunate and we'll think of servicemembers away from home and give thanks for them and their families. and our hearts will go out to the families still without power after hurricane sandy and wilelook ahead to the holidays and new year and that same service of optimism that brings us together today should inspire us all year round and why here in washington dc republicans reached out to president obama in the hope to help our economy grow and solve the debt that threatens our children's future. >> if a deal is not reached on the fiscal cliff tax cuts will expire on january 1st. back to black friday. unfortunately fights already breaking out. this was the scene in indianapolis a few hours ago. police were called in to break up fights. shoppers waited in line to receive vouchers for plasma tvs and learned that some of the people were selling vouchers for profit. and right now, we are going to go with waga who is l
. caller: i have an idea for straightening out things are going on with the economy and some -- everything else. we have to separate our federal employees -- state, federal, and local -- and our health care workers from the private sector. if we do this, we can concentrate on mortgages for 6% interest for all the federal and -- and some health care workers. in 30 years we would have $24 trillion. 45 million, 54 trillion -- host: where are you getting the numbers from? caller: because, if we take the war that we have now, $104 billion, and we put it into mortgages at 6% interest rate they would come out to 70 -- $17,000 a year. 20 million employees. which means they would be self sufficient for the rest of their lives, which means you would have 166,000 per employee in interest that would cover the employee you got this -- that is working, the employee does is retired, and his benefits. which would cut down the deficit, cut down just about everything you could think of perry taxes in half, property taxes would be cut. you would have a whole new system. guest: there are certainly a whole ran
in washington, but with lawmakers haven't heard from a very important sector of the u.s. economy. well, now in a very rare move several major corporations are wading publicly into the fight over the looming so-called fiscal cliff, and they're not holding back. elizabeth macdonald is with the fox business network. okay, liz, so who are these corporations, and what exactly are they saying? >> good to be with you, arthel. it's walmart, cvs and wall greens. walmart or is basically saying, look, customers don't need the uncertainty over tax increases, and let's get to cvs caremark because these two drug store chains are basically making rare public policy statements that we've never seen before from these companies. they're urging washington to avoid the fiscal cliff. cvs caremark is essentially saying, look, our customers are hard working american families, they make decisions on the budget. they've been faced with, basically, persistent high unemployment, fragile economic growth, and they want to know that d.c. is working on their behalf. so and that was also the same sentiment that you heard
and christmas, many shoppers report they'll be more cautious, concerned about the economy and the gridlock in congress over the fiscal cliff. >> they're going to be pulling back a little because they don't know what to expect for 2013, and they want to remain cautious as we move forward into the next year. >> that was kristen dahlgren reporting. speaking of, congress returns from the holiday this week, still facing that so-called fiscal cliff. if a deal can't be reached by january 1st, americans would face half a trillion dollars more in taxes next year, coupled with $100 billion in cuts to domestic and defense spending. now, since the reagan era, most republicans have pledged not to raise taxes. as mike viqueira reports, there are signs of flexibility on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: it's a pledge almost all republicans have signed. to oppose tax increases of any kind. that once solid wall was showing crass. >> the pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that congress. the world has changed, and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: but republicans insist i
. will this be a much-needed jolt for the economy. >>> we're going to dig into the numbers this morning. >>> and speaking of money. powerball fever, overloading machines, causing them to break down. we have the latest on the multimillion-dollar jackpot. and tips from a seven-time winner. seriously, he's won seven times. >> i'll be taking notes. >> pick the right numbers. back to you. >> he's on a roll. >>> i have to focus here. this is important. turning heads this morning, anna nicole smith's 6-year-old daughter, dannielynn, following in her mother's footsteps, modeling for guess. we'll hear from her and her dad. >> she looks exactly like anna nicole smith. >> and he looks tired. thank you for getting up with us. >>> we're going to keep you up, though. they're here, the muppets, live. i hear they're taking over the control room. >> on the right side. not the left side. the right side. my left side is pretty good. >> they always take over the control room. >>> first, let's get to sam and the snow making for a nuisance in the rush hour. >> it is a nuisance snow. some folks won't get the
where they can. >> the factors that are behind these numbers relate primarily to the economy and, as we all know, the economy is still sluggish but there is improvement. >> reporter: aaa estimates 45% of travelers left the wednesday before thanksgiving with 36% returning today and another 25% returning on monday. and if the big travel day before thanksgiving was any indication, it could be a long journey home. this is what it looked like on the 405 in los angeles on the big getaway day with traffic backed up for miles. and on thanksgiving morning, as drivers headed out on i-10 east outside beaumont, texas, dense fog caused a deadly chain reaction pileup involving 100 vehicles. husband and wife, vincent and debbie leggieo, were killed. 100 people injured and the trail of twisted wreckage stretched for two miles. and now forecasters say more fog and even snow in parts of the midwest and northeast could make it a little tougher getting home after a long holiday weekend. and, again, the roads along the new jersey turnpike this hour so far so good but later today, erica, this could be a virt
. a series of tax increases and spending cuts next year that could do serious damage to the economy. they also sounded warnings. >> we can and must get an agreement. otherwise i think first of all the markets are going to start reacting. >> it's not a done deal and not a certainty. if congress does nothing, which congress has gotten pretty good at doing these days, we'll go over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: staffers have been working behind the scenes to find common ground to prevent across-the-board cuts lawmakers say should concern everyone. >> i think you should be worried if you have a fence job we all ought to be worried whether we are dependent upon other aspects of the federal budget, whether we're worried about the regulation of our food safety, whether we're worried about our borders being secure, whether we're worried about fbi being supported. >> reporter: a key sticking point is what to do about taxes. democrats and the president want to raise tax rates for the wealthy. republicans don't. the war now breaking with anti-tax crusader grover norquist who had gotten a majo
for that the economy is finally on the mend? we're going to ask a guy who just might be the best investor ever to walk this earth. how is that for an introduction. >> pretty good. >> warren buffett, glad to have you here. >> all right. an important health warning. if you've having a grapefruit or grapefruit juice for breakfast this morning, it can have serious, even fatal side effects, if you're using certain medications. dr. nancy snyderman will be here to explain that. >> a lot of medications take. like mother, like daughter. anna nicole smith's little girl is modeling for the clothing brand guess just like her mother did. we'll have more on that story. >>> we're also going to tell you about a recent health scare for oprah winfrey. >> we want to begin with cyber monday, big success. diana alvear is live from phoenix at the amazon.com fulfillment center. good morning to you. >> reporter: lots of happy faces on the floor this morning. now that it's clear the consumers were out in full force, shopping with their laptops, their devices, turning amaz amazon.com into their top online destination. whether
hostage, but the economy as well. production can't continue as long as this uncertainty. >> alisyn: jonathan, they don't think that they are he' holding the american people hostage, they think they're standing on principle so when both sides think they are he' standing on principle, how are they ever going to meet in the middle by december 31st? >> well, and the president's standing on principle and standing on the wrong principle. he's standing on the principle that the rich have to pay for entitlement state. obama believes that the rich have to pay for his entitlement spending, the result of course is more redistribution, less wealth. less production and who will he blame when the time comes if the economy is weak? he'll blame the rich of course. yes, people are standing on principles and i think they are he' standing on the wrong principles, that's government spending and control creates wealth. we know it doesn't, but yet, that seems to be the direction at least many on the left want to bring us down. >> alisyn: let's say the worst happens and let's say that the fiscal cliff, w
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with israel. he knows the importance of now building up the economy and society of egypt not having conflict on his borders, so i think we should give him the space and time to accomplish those things. >> mr. david winnig. >> i'm goingo try to justify rocket firing into israel, but does the foreign secretary also recognize that the way in which airstrikes, israeli airstrikes are caused so much civilian casualties in gaza that in some respects the killing of children, the burning to death of children mu be considered a war crime? and as far as the overall position is concerned, mr. speaker, isn't the truth of the matter that since the fate of israel was created in 1948, the israeli authorities -- even more so sincehe 1967 war -- have refused to recogni the legitimacy of the palestinian people for statehood, for a proper life in and that is really the real issue facing the international community at the moment. >> well, there have been failings on all sides, and i don't want to agree with everything the honorable gentleman just said. he's heard me at dispatch box before criticize the israeli a
and business morse certainty about the economy. but he wants those with incomes over $250,000 a year to pay a little more in taxes as we all know. which has been a sticking point with the gop. but now some republican lawmakers who earlier pledged to not vote for anything with a tax increase now appear ready to relink wish that pledge in order to avoid the looping fiscal crisis. >> i would be very much opposed to raising tax rates, but i do believe we can close a lot of loopholes. >> they have to go up either real tax rates or effective tax rates. there is ways of doing that. secondly, though, we've got to close significant loopholes. >> bottom line, getting back to the report, the president is asking congress it act now specs tend the tax cuts for the middle class. they say the holiday season is not a time to threaten middle class pocketbooks. back to you. >> steve: thanks very much. the white house wants all the people who voted for barak obama to flood congressmen with e-mail and also with video messages via youtube saying why we should raise taxes on the rich. >> gretchen: so it's mainly
, the focus turns back to the u.s. economy now the fiscal cliff talks are looking more promising and the election is behind us. new reports this week on the housing market, manufacturing sector and consumer data. also the second estimate for third quarter gdp comes out on thursday. the broadest gauge of the health of the economy and economists think that number is going to show better growth than we saw, 2.8% down from 2.2% that they had thought earlier. the fiscal cliff being, you know, something that really helped the stock market last week. >> i would imagine. >> don't screw up. >> please, congress, don't mess this up. let's take a live look this morning at the capitol dome where congress is back to work this week. s fiscal cliff staring them in the face. 35 days, we go right over that cliff or right down that slide or whatever the metaphor is we're using today. politicians on both sides of the aisle are now signaling that they're willing to compromise. that includes republicans who've been softening their stance on raising taxes. senator dick durbin, democrat from illinois, w
building the economy again. -- no matter what the grover norquist or lindsey graham or any of them say, every republican in the house should vote to raise taxes on the rich. the average republican is not making $250,000 a year. they're just saying they should not raise taxes because they are republicans. host: are you a republican? caller: i am, but i voted for obama. host: what would it take for you to vote for republican? in terms of the fiscal cliff, sequestration, big budget cuts, what do you want to see them do? caller: if the republicans could find a candidate that would do what ronald reagan dipped, they would gladly get my vote back. as long as they have people like john mccain, sarah palin, and mitt romney, they are just playing. host: here's a story in the new --k times . david is up next, new york, good morning. caller: good morning. how are ya? i'm a republican and i don't believe that the 1% or a portion of the country should be taxed. it can be mathematically proven. a president handed in m speech to be scored. he never came up with a plan how this money would be redistr
the economy. >> the diversity of fuel sources as well as efficiency travel parallel to the interest of the environmental policy in my judgment. >> we did, the congress did agree on the standards and the administration has continued to work in the industry to move those numbers up even more so there is a classic example of how we did something. >> i wondered if the recommendations you are making i understand that you are trying to bring together all these agencies across the executive branch whether they are of the legislative branch is a very much partner in this. how do your recommendations bring the congressional leaders and to coordinate with them as well as the executive branch leadership? >> we will recommend that this would be institutionalized or created also legislatively. but i think the congress will benefit from what our council would come up with. congress would benefit from. i guarantee you with the members of the congress particularly the senate we looked at the quadrennial report and we know what the result was of that in that study analysis of what we need going forw
be resolved and it puts the focus again back on what's happening in the u.s. economy. what's happening in the u.s. economy? it slowly is healing job market is starting to filter into sentiment. and the housing market is showing some notable signs of improvement. this week we're going to hear more on the housing market. manufacturing sector, also some consumer data. we're going to get some fed regional reports from the federal reserve. also going to get a gauge of gdp, gross domestic product. gdp is the broadest gauge of economic growth. prior quarter was something like 2%, not great. we think that maybe they're going to think this quarter was more like 2.8%, which would show, again, that healing in the market overall. a quick focus for you on the housing market. this is something you probably felt most directly. in part because we have record low mortgage rates. last year the 30-year fixed fell to 3.31%. the 15-year fixed, this is the popular refinancing tool, 2.63%. many of you are telling me you can't qualify. i'm telling you, these rates are going to stay low for a long time so you
for the overall economy, but the impact on women and children and some of our most vulnerable would be devastating, and that's why your particular focus today in special order is so important. the united states currently ranks about 50th in the world in infant mortality. and morocco, 1.8 infants under one year of age, they die for every 1,000 live births each year. in japan the number is 2.2. in the united states, to our shame, the number is six. from new zealand to all other advanced countries around the world, they do much better than the united states in this most fundamental measure of health and well-being. and the people who are most affected by this failure are not those who have been irresponsible, they are not slackers, they are not lazy, they are babies. they are babies. mostly babies who have been born into poverty. this is a metric that we should feel morally bound to improve by leaps and bounds. but instead we are about to make it worse for these babies. if we don't act, and if we don't act swiftly to prevent sequestration. if this congress does not act to prevent this country from pl
. >>> and concerns of a lack luster economy sure aren't evident this weekend. shoppers screaming and turning out in big numbers to the stores on black friday, leading many analysts to believe post thanksgiving sales will surpass last year's numbers after all. perhaps. online sales are also up a whopping 21% on black friday. then there's power ball fever. and it's spreading across the country. the lottery jackpot is now $325 million. that's the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history. so if you're feeling optimistic, you have until 10:00 p.m. eastern tonight to buy that $2 ticket. >>> and overseas now to egypt, where opposition to president mohamed morsi is growing. for a third straight day, protesters hit the streets demanding he rescind a decree that gives him unlimited power. we get more now from cairo. >> reporter: outrage, clashes, and anguish in tahrir. thousands of angry egyptians back in a public square that has become the arab world's emblem for the democratic right to protest. this was where egyptians demanded the ouster of former president hosni mubarak last year. this time, the f
that this could have a crushing impact on the u.s. economy. what are they saying about this? >> well, that's the problem for policymakers. i do think both republicans and democrats they want a deal. leaders want a deal because this really could be an economic catastrophe. i mean, that's what something that ben bernanke warned repeatedly. put politics aside for a little bit and try to get a deal. but both sides want to get the best deal possible and you're in the going to see any deal anytime soon because we have until january 1st. >> so you're saying they're going to wait until the last second. >> last second, up to christmas, if not new year's. this week when congress comes back and into next week, you see jockeying for leverage. that's what's going to happen. no major deal is going to reach -- be reached much before christmas if there is a deal. >> no plan for bob cusack celebrating the new year. you'll be on the hill waiting for a deal. we'll continue the conference. i appreciate it. switching gears, just into us at cnn, new damage estimates from superstorm sandy. to alison kosik live f
to wreck the economy. and i think there are a lot of republicans that are saying what a few of us were saying after the election. bill kristol said it. so tell me again, why are we fighting and risking our majorities, protecting billionaires that are hedge fund guys who are paying 14% tax rates? >> walk two blocks from this street, fifth avenue between this building and 57th street, and the storefronts on fifth avenue. anybody who can go into those storefronts and purchase things in those storefronts are not going to be damaged by these tax reforms that we've been talking about. they're not going to be damaged. >> by the way, the storefronts aren't going to be damaged by raising capital gains rates from 15% to 20%. i want everybody to be rich. i'm a capitalist. i want everybody to make $250,000. barack obama says that's rich. whatever. i want everybody -- i love people being successful in this country, but again, if you're making billions of dollars, again, there's something immoral, mika, about these people paying 14%, 15%, 16% on their taxes because the tax rates are the way they are
, it looks like. thanks so much. >>> so, was the holiday weekend, the boost that the u.s. economy needed. abc's bianna golodryga is here. >>> good morning, it's not just the thrill of finding a great deal. take a look at this. consumer spending makes up 70% of the u.s. economy and 40% of that will happen in just these two months, november and december. so how did we fare over the past two days? not too shabby. $59 million spent. the average american in the past four days spent some $423. interesting to note, though, that black friday sales were actually down nearly 28% this year compared to last year. why? well, i guess a lot of people excused themselves thursday night from thanksgiving dinner, went out to the stores shopping. overall, we're expected to see a 4.1% increase from last year. that is very good news for the u.s. economy. of course, thanksgiving came early this year. we'll see if americans continue the spreading spree up to christmas. amy? >> it's all about having more days to shop. bianna golodryga, thank you so much. >>> let's head to josh elliott with the other top stories devel
after manufacturing surveys from the world's biggest economies raised hopes for improving global growth. >>> facebook wants to stop letting users vote on changes to its private policies. the social network is concerned about the quantity versus quality of feedback generated by the current setup. the company says users will still be able to weigh in during a seven-day comment period. >>> the u.s. post office is hoping to cash in on the season's bounty of online shopping with same-day package delivery. same-day. the expedited service will be tested in san francisco next month and then if it's successful, the program will expand to other big cities like boston, new york and chicago. >>> most americans celebrated the thanksgiving holiday with family, friends and some football. about 68,000 of them are far from home. and even though new york jets played like turkeys, the team did a very nice thing for some of our soldiers in afghanistan. >> reporter: it's thanksgiving in afghanistan and these u.s. service members are celebrate with some football and the new york jets who have donated jerseys
of the modern economy? >> it is available. we can do better with it. they are facts like completion rates for the gi bill education are not as high as they ought to be. we can structure some of those programs better so that individuals who start school have the support mechanisms to finish an associate's degree or bachelor's degree if that is their goal. we can do better at that. there are well-intentioned programs that are not quite efficient or effective to this point as i hope there will be in the future. >> the university of iowa offers in-state tuition for returning veterans. i said to the president -- what is the impact on the campus? she said -- beyond my ability to describe it -- we have 200 of them here. they lifted the entire campus. as someone who went to the university of iowa -- i could have used that kind of mentoring and leadership at one point. we do not have to go do that again. paul, we talked about that. [laughter] that is value added when these young men and women come back and enter an academic or training program of some kind. >> i could not agree more. at my alma ma
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